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$250,000 Fine for Electrolux Defects08/29/2002ConsumerAffairs
$250,000 Fine for Electrolux Defects...
WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2002 -- Aerus LLC, formerly known as Electrolux LLC, has agreed to pay a $250,000 civil penalty to settle allegations that the company failed to report serious defects with certain vacuum cleaners to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, as required by law.
Under the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA), manufacturers, importers, distributors, and retailers must immediately report information about potentially hazardous products to the Commission.
CPSC alleged that Aerus failed to report, as required by law, that certain models of its Ponytail vacuums presented a shock and/or burn hazard to consumers.
The power cords on these vacuums extend out of the top of the handle, and the cord is often used as an extension of the handle. The power cord can break inside the handle or the casing around the cord can break, and cause shocks or burns to the user's hand. Even when there is no apparent breaking of the casing around the cord, these vacuums can still cause injuries.
Electrolux Corp., a predecessor of Aerus LLC, received about 75 reports of the cords on these vacuums breaking or the wires within the cords breaking through the casing. About half of these incidents resulted in burns or shocks to consumers. Of these reports, there were 11 serious injuries, including second degree burns, third degree burns and shock.
In agreeing to settle this matter, Aerus denies the CPSC's allegations and denies that it violated the Consumer Product Safety Act or any other laws administered by CPSC.
In November 1998, Electrolux LLC recalled about 226,000 of the Ponytail vacuum cleaners, which were sold between May 1991 and September.
The recalled vacuums sold for between $150 and $550 under the following model names: Genesis, Prolux S/R, Genesis LX, Prolux Warehouse, Genesis LXE, Regency, Prolux, Special Edition and Prolux Plus. Consumers who have not participated in the Electrolux recall should contact Aerus LLC at (800) 243-9078 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Consumers also can log on to the company's website at www.callprocess.com/locator/elux/elux_zip_search.htm to use the Electrolux Dealer Locator.
Black & Decker Drill Recall08/20/2002ConsumerAffairs
Black & Decker Drill Recall...
WASHINGTON, Aug. 20, 2002 -- Black & Decker is voluntarily recalling about 950,000 cordless drill/drivers. The drills switch can malfunction and overheat, posing the possibility of a fire hazard to consumers.
Black & Decker has received 45 reports of drill switches overheating, causing two minor burns.
The recalled cordless drill/drivers are orange and bear the word "Firestorm" or jade and bear the words "Quantum Pro." The drill/drivers have the following model numbers and date codes:
|Description||Model Number||Date Code Ranges|
|14.4 volt Firestorm||CD632||990852 thru 20005052|
|14.4 volt Firestorm||HP532||990152 thru 20001652|
|14.4 volt Firestorm||FS1442||20002252 thru 20011852|
|14.4 volt Quantum Pro||Q145||990252 thru 20001152|
|15.6 volt Firestorm||FS1560||993752 thru 20000752|
|18 volt Firestorm||FS1802||20002452 thru 20010652|
|18 volt Firestorm||HP932||990152 thru 20012452|
|18 volt Quantum Pro||Q185||990252 thru 20011052|
The model numbers are located on the name plate on the side of the drill and the dates codes are located on the bottom of the handle where the battery is inserted (remove battery to locate date code). These drill/drivers were manufactured in China.
Home centers and hardware stores throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada sold the drill/drivers from March 1999 through December 2001 for between $50 and $200. The drill/drivers were sold separately and as part of various tool kits.
The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Consumers should stop using their drill/drivers immediately, remove the battery, and call Black & Decker at (866) 821-5444 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday to arrange for a free repair. For additional information, consumers can log on to the company's website at www.blackanddecker.com.
Arctic Cat ATV Recall08/20/2002ConsumerAffairs
Arctic Cat ATV Recall...
WASHINGTON, Aug. 20, 2002 -- Arctic Cat is voluntarily recalling about 45,000 all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). The ball joints on the front suspension of these ATVs can fail, resulting in a loss of control. This can cause the ATV to overturn, posing a risk of serious injury or death to riders.
Arctic Cat has received 73 reports of broken front suspensions, 10 of which resulted in injuries to riders, including a shoulder rotator cuff injury, and bumps and bruises.
The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
The recalled 2002 model ATVs are either red or green. They have the brand name "Arctic Cat" written on both sides of the vehicle. The recall includes the following ATV model names: 250, 300, 300 Massey Ferguson, 375, 400, 400 i, 500, TBX 500 and 500i. Consumers should have their ATV's model name and 13-digit model number available when they call or visit the firm's web site to determine if an ATV is included in the recall. The model name is located on the front of the ATVs, just below the speedometer. The model number is included in the registration materials received at the time of purchase.
Arctic Cat dealerships nationwide sold these ATVs from June 2001 through June 12, 2002 for between $4,000 and $6,500.
Consumers should stop using these ATVs immediately. Registered owners have been notified about this recall by mail. To determine if an ATV is part of this recall, consumers should call Arctic Cat toll-free at (800) 210-5941 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or go to the firm's web site at www.arctic-cat.com. Consumers should have their ATV's model name and number available when they call. Consumers with a recalled ATV should contact their local Arctic Cat ATV dealer to schedule the free repair.
Cavagna Safety Relief Valves for Large Propane Tanks08/15/2002ConsumerAffairs
Cavagna Safety Relief Valves for Large Propane Tanks Recalled...
WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2002 -- Cavagna North America Inc. is recalling about 6,100 safety relief valves manufactured by Omeca, of Bresia, Italy. These valves, imported by Cavagna, are designed to relieve excess pressure in large propane tanks, typically the 500- to 1,000-gallon size. The recalled valves can have sharp internal edges that can cut into gasket seals in the valves, causing a propane gas leak. This poses a risk of fire or burn injuries.
Cavagna has received 18 reports of leaking valves. No fires or injuries have been reported.
The valves, model 66-1031, are approximately 7-inches long. Writing on the valve reads "OMECA 66-1031." Only valves that contain year and batch codes of "99.02," "99.16," "99.27," or "99.28" are included in the recall. The valves from these batch codes were installed on tanks that were refurbished or manufactured after May 1999.
The valves were sold to propane processors and distributors nationwide from May 1999 through May 2002 for between $10 and $15. The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
LP distributors, LP tank owners and propane gas users with recalled valves should immediately contact Cavagna to schedule an appointment to have the safety relief valve replaced at no charge. For more information, contact Cavagna toll-free at (866) 422-8246 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
Motorola Recalls Digital Cable Set-Top Boxes08/10/2002ConsumerAffairs
Pins in the rear of the DCT2000 digital cable set-top box that connect to the power cord could break, which could pose an electric shock hazard to consumer...
WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2002 -- Motorola Broadband Communications is voluntarily recalling about 1 million DCT2000 digital cable set-top boxes installed earlier this year. Pins in the rear of the box that connect to the power cord could break, which could pose an electric shock hazard to consumers.
The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). CPSC and Motorola have not received any reports of these set-top boxes causing shock or injury.
As previously announced, Motorola filed a preliminary report with CPSC about the DCT2000 set-top boxes in June 2002. Digital cable operators distributed these set-top boxes nationwide in conjunction with digital cable services from March 2002 through June 2002.
These digital cable set-top boxes are black, about 17-inches wide and 2.5-inches high. "MOTOROLA" and "INTERACTIVE DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS" are written on the front of the units. The model number, "DCT2000" is written on the cover of the user guide that came with the box. Motorola's DCT2000 set-top box provides cable subscribers access to various digital, audio, and interactive TV services, including expanded channel counts; digital-quality video and audio; interactive program guides for viewing convenience and control; parental control; and virtual channels for community and local information.
Consumers with these DCT2000 digital cable set-top boxes can continue to use them as normal, but they should not remove the power cord from the rear of the set-top box. If it is necessary to unplug the boxes, power cords should always be unplugged from the wall outlet or other energy source. Motorola estimates about 30,000 of these set-top boxes have power cord pins that could break. Cable operators are contacting their customers to determine if they have a set-top box included in the recall that needs to be replaced. For more information, contact your local cable provider or Motorola at (866) 281-1588 anytime, or visit their web site at www.motorola.com/broadband.
Briggs & Stratton Fun Kart Engines08/08/2002ConsumerAffairs
Briggs & Stratton Corp. voluntarily recalled 160,000 engines used on fun-karts. Fuel from the engine can spill out if the fun-kart overturns, posing seriou...
WASHINGTON, Aug. 8, 2002 -- Briggs & Stratton Corp. is voluntarily recalling about 160,000 engines used on fun-karts. Fuel from the engine can spill out if the fun-kart overturns, posing serious fire and burn hazards to consumers.
Briggs & Stratton has received nine reports of incidents involving fun-karts that overturned and caught fire, including four consumers who suffered burns. The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
The recalled engines are used only on fun-karts, which look and ride like go-karts, but are for personal use. The engine models included in the recall are:
- 5HP Model Series 1352XX
- FunPower Model Series 1362XX (built on or before June 22, 1995 (950622XX)
The engines involved in this recall were manufactured in the United States.
Briggs & Stratton sold the engines between May 1992 and June 1995 to fun-kart manufacturers such as Avenger Inc., Bobs Kart Shop, Brister Thunder Karts, Carter Brothers Manuf., Hamilton, Kartco Inc., Ken-Bar Manuf. Co., Manco Products Inc., T&D; Metal Products Co., and U.S.A. Industries Inc. The engines were also sold separately to authorized distributors and dealers who may have resold them to consumers building homemade go-karts.
Retail, specialty, and power equipment stores nationwide sold the fun-karts from 1992 through 1997 for between $600 and $2,000.
Consumers should stop using the fun-karts immediately and contact a local Briggs & Stratton dealer for a free engine repair. Consumers also can contact Briggs & Stratton at (800) 999-9444 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday. or log on to the companys website at www.briggsandstratton.com to arrange for the free repair or to find a local dealer.
Greenlee Textron Electrical Testing Meters Recalled08/01/2002ConsumerAffairs
Greenlee Textron Electrical Testing Meters Recalled...
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2002 -- Greenlee Textron, Inc. (Greenlee) is voluntarily recalling about 650 electrical testing meters. The meters are used to measure voltage and current of electric-powered equipment. An incompatible grommet, located in the battery compartment to protect internal wires, can cause the meter to provide inaccurate voltage and current readings. A meter that inaccurately indicates zero voltage or current creates the potential for electric shock or an electrocution hazard from the equipment being tested.
The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). CPSC and Greenlee have not received any reports of injuries or property damage. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.
This recall involves certain CM-700 and CM-750 electrical meters. The 8-inch meters are dark green with bright yellow features. The model number and the words "Greenlee Test Instruments" are printed across the front of the meter. A silver plate on the back of the meter displays the serial number (S/N). Serial numbers included in the recall range from 0203540001 through 0203540650. The electrical meters were made in Taiwan.
Home Depot (model CM-750 only) and electrical supply stores sold the meters nationwide during April 2002. The CM-700 model sold for about $100 and the CM-750 for about $140.
Consumers should stop using the recalled meters immediately and contact Greenlee to receive a replacement meter. For more information, consumers can contact Greenlee toll-free at (800) 435-0786 between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.or visit the firm's web site at www.greenlee.textron.com.
CM-700 and CM-750 meters outside the above serial number range are not included in this recall.